Summary of Bitcoin

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Are bitcoins the future of money? Will code replace currency? Read the paper that birthed the bitcoin.


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This founding document of the bitcoin movement lays out why a “purely peer-to-peer” electronic payment mechanism is necessary and how bitcoins answer that need. Bitcoin enthusiasts claim that the new currency will replace intangible trust in paper money and in financial intermediaries with tangible code. But unless you’re a software expert, you’ll need to trust that the system’s code is safe. Meanwhile, media reports of price swings, spurts and crashes risk painting bitcoins as just another e-speculation. getAbstract recommends this technospeak-laden paper to IT and finance professionals and to anyone eager for a glimpse into what could be the future of money.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the bitcoin concept works and
  • Why bitcoins enable “purely peer-to-peer” electronic payments.


Money exchanged anywhere depends on the “trust-based model”: A payment is never final because a bank can reverse that sum if it’s in dispute, even if it’s for an already rendered service. Because banks’ involvement has a cost, low-value transactions end up being uneconomical. Also, fraud is inherent...
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Satoshi Nakamoto is the alias for the anonymous developer or developers of bitcoin.

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